Mike and I explored the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula for 2 weeks of flyfishing (Mike), diving (Stacey), snorkeling, Maya ruins, a colonial city, cenotes, quite a few hammocks and lots of great food.

When Mike flew home I headed to San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas for 2 weeks of Spanish study with a small group in tow. We lived with host families and visited area sights including villages, museums, and ruins.

When the group flew home I bused to San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala for a week of planning for future growth of the Beca Project (link below) and meeting our sponsored kids and their families.

When our daughter Mariah and her husband Greg invited us to share a timeshare in Quintana Roo between Christmas and New Years, a new chapter to this blog was added. HAPPY TRAILS!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Feast for the Eyes

Today was a feast for my eyes - not exactly sunny but brighter and much less rain. It was incredible to me how much more colorful and beautiful everything looked; somehow I hadn’t noticed how gorgeous the school garden was or how wonderful the view from the 2nd floor. Everything I did today was a pleasure.

My house is very pink outside and my room is very purple. Here’s the view from the door of my room into the courtyard area; the kitchen and the main living area are on the left and the stairs to the right lead to the family’s bedrooms.

This is a wonderful place to live - great food, very accommodating, friendly people, and I even have my very own puppy, Dubi (Doobie). Well, he’s not mine but he loves my room and is very sweet.

In addition to classes and meals and conversations in Spanish we visited the beautiful Templo de Santo Domingo….

….and the neighboring market. Look closely in the top photo and you’ll see masked, armed Zapatista dolls among the piggies and bunnies.

A few of us also visited 2 nice museums, one featuring amber, a unique and important commodity in Chiapas....

....and one featuring coffee, one of the most important agricultural products.

We also visited an organic paper making cooperative.

You just never know what you’re going to see when you travel ("Help - we want out!"). HAPPY TRAILS!

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